Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participate in a program titled, “The MIAD (Multiple Intelligence Arts Domain) Elective Course Program” for eighty minutes per week during the school day. The MIAD electives are designed by the staff to increase students’ academic knowledge and skills through the integration of the visual and performing arts, technology and physical education. For instance, a Tap dancing course not only includes learning the technique, but also the genre’s history, and guided and independent opportunities for research and creative writing. Trimester long MIAD electives include video production, photography, poetry, mock trial, playwriting, musical theater, architecture and engineering, leadership, painting and watercolor, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities and more. Parents and parishioners with expertise in a particular discipline and professional artists-in-residence are commonly invited as MIAD Program guest teachers.
2017 MIAD Electives for K-8 Include:
- “Wild Math”
- “Let’s Go on a Safari”
- Poetry Exploration
- Mock Trial
- Math in Art and Games
- “King Me” (chess)
- Winter Musical Production/Theatre
- Wonderful Writers’ Workshop
- Book Bunch Club
- Chorus Ensemble
- Video Production
- Introduction to Architecture and Design
The MIAD Course Design:
- Integrates the study of a fine or performing art form, technology, or Physical Education with an academic area of study.
- Addresses the Common Core Standards and the Arch Diocese of Newark Curriculum Guidelines
- Provides hands-on real world experiences through an interdisiplinary approach.
- Addresses the multiple intelligences of students as described by Howard Gardner.
- Fosters higher-level thinking as described in Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning.
- Encourage independent thinking and problem solving.
- Offer students choices in the development of an end product or original piece of art.
- Includes a culminating activity or product that can be evaluated using a specifically developed MIAD rubric.